- Associated Press - Monday, July 6, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma’s state seismologist plans to leave the job for a position with the United States Geological Survey in New Mexico.

Austin Holland of the Oklahoma Geological Survey has accepted a tentative offer with the USGS as a supervisory geophysicist at the Albuquerque Seismic Lab. Holland says the main reason for the move is to change his family dynamics.

In a letter to colleagues announcing his resignation, Holland says he has worked an average of about 80 hours each week during the more than five years he has been in the job and wants to change his work-life balance.

Since Holland became state seismologist, the state has seen a dramatic increase in earthquakes, some of which have been linked to disposal wells used for wastewater from oil and natural gas activity.

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